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Going Rogue

(Also Known As #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,589 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.

Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux.
Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Walker Childrens
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Cristina Monica
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, espionage, romance
I am screaming in horror as I close this thrilling, exhilarating, one-of-a-kind as well as wonderfully addictive book!

Why?! How dare Miss Benway stop things here? I am anything but ready to let go of these endearing characters who are part of this humorous, well-plotted story teeming with spies!

It should at least contain ten volumes.

Sigh. This is why I dread reading last books in series.

In this conclusionhurts to use that wordthe spies are going rogue! The super secret spy organization The
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Why this book?

I liked the first book in this duology

What I thought

This book wasn't as funny as the first one, it had a more serious tone to it. The characters were still awesome though. I loved to see Roux and Jesse getting part in the the action. I also loved the characters interactions, even though at parts some feelings were hurt they all still loved eachother at the end. An awesome sequel to Also Known As
Muse-ic ♬

4.5 only because the beginning was a tiny tiny tiny bit slow ... like you can't even really count it.
But all the action and excitement during the second half made up for it a hundred fold! And the humor, of course ;)

Cherubs are so creepy, dont you think? Like, why are naked babies shooting poisonous arrows at innocent people a symbol of love? Why arent they a symbol of toddler anarchy instead?
Roux, I started to say, but then I paused, thinking about her comment. That is an excellent point, I
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The first book in this series was better and a little more fun than this book but I still really enjoyed being in a Young Adult book again with actual Young Adults and not characters that do things that 30 year old characters would do.

First this book has actual parents in it. I KNOW!!! A young adult book where the parents arent mysteriously absent the entire book or the MC is lying to them constantly, thank you. Maggie is a Spy her parents are spies and that does lead to some issues but she
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
i did enjoy this as much as the first one. though i thought making all of them go abroad was a little unnecessary cause nothing happened much apart from museum chase. "Phoenix" looked liked a clue in the end for more books to come? but a different agency?.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't expect to fall in love with this series as much as I did. I tend to gravitate towards darker contemporary fiction featuring teens on the cusp of adulthood and yet, Benway's entertaining spy thrillers have managed to establish their own niche in my heart. In Going Rogue, Maggie, a safecracker whose life has been spent working for a spy agency known as the Collective, has finally settled down for the first time in her life. She's been in New York City for nearly a year now, ...more
Jaime Arkin
This review will encompass book 1 & 2 so some spoilers ahead!

So basically the Also Known As Series is now one of my favorites. I dont even know why I waited so long to read these, but Im glad I finally found the time.

At the ripe old age of 16 Maggie Silver is a seasoned International spy. Yes, I said spy. She and her parents are part of a group called The Collective and they do what they need to do to keep the world safe. Her mom is a master hacker, her father a connoisseur of languages
Jeff Raymond
I don't know what it is about teen spy novels that grab me, but I think I'll probably give anything in the genre a shot.

Going Rogue is the sequel to Also Known As, a book I liked a lot but didn't outright love. In the first book, our heroine is on her first spy adventure, and it ends up being a better Heist Society even though the true espionage-style story was lacking to a point. Going Rogue definitely turns up the energy a bit, with a broader conspiracy and an actual need to use spy skills for
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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It has been a while since I read Also Known As and I remember enjoying that book. While I liked this book, I did not enjoy this one as much as the previous book and I'm not sure if it's just not as great as the first book or if my taste for books has changed since I read the first book.

Maggie is now staying in New York City, hopefully for good. She's a safecracker and undercover operative for the Collective, with her
Jaime Arkin
Super cute and I wish there were more books in this series :)
Jen Ryland
Beware: spoilers for book one, most of which are in the book description anyway. But just warning you.

I was thinking back to those things I loved about Also Known As, which was the first book in this series. Here goes: 1) watching Maggie attend high school for the first time. 2) watching Maggie fall for Jesse but not be able to tell him that she's a spy AND spying on his family. 3) Maggie having to hide the spy thing from everyone, including her new BFF, Roux. 4) Her new BFF, Roux

Going Rogue
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Benway's writing after reading Also Known As, it was such a fun read. When I saw Going Rogue I snatched it up because I knew it was going to be another great read and I was really looking forward to jumping right back into Maggie's world full of espionage, adventure and even a little danger.

This was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Something fun and exciting with great characters, a little romance, a whole lot of spy action, and laugh out loud moments. I wasn't
Maggie ☘
*1.5/5 stars*

This book was just so silly. I was bored more often than not and the pretty great humor from book one was completely lacking here. The main heroine - and unfortunately my namesake - was acting like a whiny child. And then there were all the freaking clichés.. Every one of the characters were annoyingly immature, the way they acted sometimes reminded me of kindergarteners. This duology definitely felt more like a middle grade read than YA. Light, silly and immature. Overall,
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Last year Also Known As took me completely by surprise with its adorable cast of characters, laugh out loud charm, and all around fluffy goodness. We watched as Maggie stumbled her way through school and relationships for the first time, trying to learn how a spy can also be a normal teenage girl. In Going Rouge, she finds herself in the opposite situation: how a teenager can still be a successful spy. The gang (including Jesse, Roux, her parents, and her esteemed mentor Angelo) are of course ...more
Samantha Shamim
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out with liking this book to ABSOLUTELY loving it. The characters were awesome, and there a mix of comedy, action, suspense, and other elements of good, creative writing to make a great story.

I liked the first book,but I LOVED this sequel to it. Also Known As, the first book, earned an applause from me, but Going Rogue received a standing ovation. I found it more interesting due to the increased involvement of Maggie's friends in her life spy-wise, as well as more frequent suspense
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A bit slow in the beginning and a bit fast in the end, but I adored the characters and the plot!
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the teen-spy books. This series is especially fun! Good plot, characters and locations.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, 2013
4.25 stars

Robin Benway is the master of writing smart, thoughtful books that you dont even realize are smart or thoughtful because youre having so much fun reading them. Its been well established that I loved Also Known As, 50% because its a great book and 50% because the main characters name is Maggie and Im happy to say that I loved Going Rogue just as much, if not more, then I loved Also Known As.

Because I didnt think Also Known As needed a sequel I was slightly worried going into this, but I
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Going Rogue is, without a doubt, one of the most fun novels I've had the pleasure of reading. It made me laugh, kept me on the edge of my seat, gave me new characters to be friends with to like, and made me fall harder for the characters I already knew. It really surprises me how much I fell in love with this sequel!

Honestly, I found Going Rogue a lot more thrilling and entertaining to read than Also Known As. While I liked Also Known As, it didn't quite inspire the affection and adoration I
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Im really glad I gave this series a second chance.

I liked Also Known As, (really!) but my main issue with it was a lack of actual espionage. There was a botched job at the newspaper owners house and the big conclusion, but for the most part the first book is about interpersonal relationships. Friendship, romance, letting your teen leave the nest...typical high school stuff. And I thought it suffered for that.

Have no fear, Going Rogue
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
While I can definitely see where Going Rogue improved upon its predecessor, it still feels like it was written for someone much younger. It is not a middle grade book, but I feel it is much more suited to that age group. While I can appreciate this series I find it hard to enjoy it.

A humorous novel about a teenage spy named Maggie, its quite an enjoyable and light read. Her relationships progress in this book, her adventures are more action packed and less high school centered, making it feel
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Going Rogue is the second installment in author Robin Benway's Also Known As. 17-year old Maggie Silver and her parents work for an organization known as The Collective. The Collective is supposed to right wrongs, return money to retirement accounts, and expose bad guys. While Maggie is the best safe-cracker and lock picker in the business, her mother (hacker) and father (linguist & statistician) are just as valuable. But,
Marla Mei
3.5 stars!

I take back my previous statuses regarding this book. I actually almost dnfed this and I'm so glad I picked this up again and gave this a second chance.
The first book is undoubtedly much better but I still enjoyed reading this very much. Still very full of snark and witty banters. Maggie and Jesse were so cute. I ship them so much it hurts. And Roux.. I want Roux for a BFF.
Stephanie A.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was sure there was no way the sequel could be as exciting as the first book. NOPE. WRONG. Every bit as much action and adventure, if not more. It also continues its adorable G-rated romance with barely a blip, so there's that factor of awesome to consider too.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Super cute!

Review to come.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
It took me some time to finish that one... I just couldn't get into it. Read it for Roux, got a bit disappointed. Fanfiction-like at times.

But it's warm. There are truly badass moments. Angelo is my love. Parents being parents.

Honestly? My teenager self would love it.
I'm left feeling rather disappointed by Going Rogue. Maybe it's because of how much I enjoyed, Also Known As or maybe it's just because the plot seems rather disjointed in this follow-up but I just didn't like this book as much as the earlier one. I feel like Robin Benway has lost the plot a little, even though I still love the characters (especially Maggie!).

In Going Rogue, Maggie's learning to be an ordinary girl. Having been nothing else but the expert safe-cracker her whole life, Maggie is
If this were rated by my earlier self, I would've definitely given it five stars. even though I loved this book A LOT, it didn't really change my life or was particularly influential in any way. It was just extremely cute, hilarious, and a generally feel-good type of book.

Wow, I love me some spring break. TWO WEEKS OF FREEDOM. I seriously need to catch up on reading. Going Rogue was the only thing that made Vancouver's rain bearable. I mean, how long does it have to rain for it to stop. Please
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